The Benefits & Importance of Self-Study

Harpreet Singh Brar
(Samajweekly) Self-studying is a learning method where students direct their own studying outside the classroom and without direct supervision. Since students are able to take control of what and how they are learning, self-study can be a very valuable way for many students to learn. Exploring a topic on his or her own encourages the child to actively engage with the information. Self-studiers are able to think about topics more deeply and make connections between what they are learning. And when students are engaged (and excited) about what they are learning, they’re able to remember it better.

Self-study also helps build study skills your child can use to explore new topics. Self-study is all about searching out new information on a topic that child is interested in. Seeking out this information themselves gives students a chance to learn more about that topic (rather than just what they are taught in class).

 As students do more self-study, many become more confident learners. They are able to see themselves as an independent person who is able to learn new things without anyone helping them. This can be a major motivation boost for students.

Self-study allows students to take learning at their own pace, focusing on areas they are most interested in (or want to understand a bit better). This helps reduce feelings of frustration, anxiety, or boredom that students may struggle with in a classroom setting.

Curiosity is one of the biggest (and often overlooked) pieces of motivating students to learn. When students aren’t engaged with what they are learning, they absorb less of the information. They study to memorize rather than understand. Self-study allows students to choose something they are interested in and excited to learn about, leading to a more effective learning experience.

Harpreet Singh Brar


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